The video site is making it easier for users to broadcast content straight from their mobile devices by lifting the 1,000 subscribers requirement.
According to a report from Android Police, YouTube completely dropped the requirements that a channel needs to have 1,000 subscribers (previously lowered from 10,000) in order to start live-streaming on mobile devices.
The change is still unofficial as there is no confirmation by either YouTube or Google. It also seems that not every user has the access to the option, which most likely means it will roll out over the coming days or weeks. The notice that a channel must have more than 1,000 subscribers is still listed on the live streaming help page.
Assuming that a user meets the bare minimum requirements set by YouTube, the live stream button should appear at the bottom right-hand corner of the YouTube app after tapping the video icon. However, it’s important to note that just because there is no longer a minimal subscribers requirement, it doesn’t mean that anyone can start live-streaming from a mobile device.
A user still needs to have a verified channel with no prior live stream restrictions, such as any potential violations that might have resulted in a temporary ban or restriction going back to the last 90 days, in order to qualify for the on-the-go service.
YouTube introduced the Go Live service back in February this year, although it already offered the live-streaming feature in a limited capacity for almost 6 years, beginning in 2011. The largest video site on the Internet is trying to catch up with Facebook Live and Twitter-owned Periscope who have already established themselves in the mobile streaming department.
On a related side note, Google is also bringing 360-degree videos on YouTube to the big screen. With Android TV, Chromecast, and the YouTube TV app, users will be able to see 360-degree videos and live content on the big screen. The announcement came at the I/O 2017 event, held between May 17 – May 19 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California.
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